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Hosted by Terry Gross, Fresh Air from WHYY is the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. One of public radio's most popular programs, Fresh Air features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
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Celebrating 30 Years Of Fresh Air: Brazilian Composer Antônio Carlos Jobim

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:54pm

In 1988, Terry Gross spoke with Jobim, who wrote "The Girl from Ipanema," one of the songs that started the Bossa nova craze in the United States. Jobim died in 1994.

Celebrating 30 Years Of Fresh Air: The Carl Reiner Interview

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:54pm

Reiner spoke to Terry Gross in 1988 about how his experiences working backstage in Hollywood inspired him to create the classic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show.

A Retired Marine And A Photojournalist Confront War's 'Invisible Injuries'

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:16pm

Marine Sgt. TJ Brennan suffered from memory loss after being injured by a grenade in Afghanistan in 2010. Finbarr O'Reilly captured the event on film. Now the two men have written a memoir.

(Image credit: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters/Viking)

A Coney Island Teen Struggles To Come To Terms With His Sexuality In 'Beach Rats'

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 2:31pm

Eliza Hittman's second film focuses on a repressed gay teenager living in a culture of intense sexual exhibitionism. Critic David Edelstein calls Beach Rats "feverish and gripping."

Armed Militias Face Off With The 'Antifa' In The New Landscape Of Political Protest

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 1:23pm

Mark Pitcavage of the Anti-Defamation League says that the militia movement has created a conspiracy theory about the anti-fascist protesters, saying they're domestic terrorists backed by George Soros

Pianist Vijay Iyer Combines Complicated Rhythms With Modern Style On 'Far From Over'

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 1:23pm

Iyer studied physics and mathematics before becoming a professional musician in the 1990s. He composes music for an ensemble of interdisciplinary composers and jazz academics on his new album.

If You Want Groundbreaking Noir, Try Looking 'In A Lonely Place'

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:31pm

The 1950 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame was adapted from a lesser-known 1947 novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, who belongs in the crime-writing pantheon. The novel's just been re-released.

FBI Profiler Says Linguistic Work Was Pivotal In Capture Of Unabomber

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:18am

James R. Fitzpatrick says Ted Kaczynski's writings helped cracked the case that confounded the FBI for more than 17 years. Manhunt: Unabomber, a TV series on the Discovery Channel, retells the story.

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Jerry Lewis On His Borscht Belt Childhood And The Lonely Work Of Comedy

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 1:37pm

In 2005, Lewis told Fresh Air about his partnership with singer Dean Martin and how he honed his comic skills while working as a busboy. The comedian, actor and director died Sunday at the age of 91.

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Haunting 'Marjorie Prime' Is Suffused With Forgiveness And Despair

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 1:37pm

The new film is set in the near future, when people can purchase holographic versions of their dead loved ones. This drama isn't about technology — it's sci-fi as a means of exploring our inner lives.

Daniel Romano's 'Modern Pressure' Is The Work Of A Confident Pop Craftsman

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 1:07pm

The singer-songwriter mostly recorded this album in a cabin in Sweden. You can hear that intensity and obsessiveness in his attractive, eccentric pieces, which sometimes sound like works-in-progress.

Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist Max Brooks; 'What She Ate'; Poet Molly McCully Brown

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 8:00am

Brooks discusses Minecraft: The Island. Maureen Corrigan recommends a book about the appetites of notable women. Brown, who has cerebral palsy, imagines life inside the "Virginia State Colony."

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Billy Eichner Makes A Career Out Of Love/Hating Celebrity Culture

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 2:02pm

In addition to starring in Hulu's Difficult People, Eichner roams the streets of NYC, asking open-ended questions about celebrities in Billy on the Street. Originally broadcast Dec. 12, 2016.

Snark Aside, Julie Klausner Says 'Difficult People' Is Inspired By Love

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 2:02pm

Klausner plays an unsuccessful comic who quips about celebrities in her Hulu series, which recently launched its third season. Originally broadcast Aug. 16, 2016.

High Spirited 'Patti Cake$' Dresses Its Cinderella Story In Dirty Jersey Drag

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 2:02pm

A hard-working aspiring rapper rises above her dead-end existence with the help of some supportive friends and her own irrepressible talent. Critic Justin Change says Patti Cake$ is irresistible.

'Sour Heart' Offers A Fierce, Fresh Take On The 'Hell' Of Coming To America

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:21am

The stories in Jenny Zhang's powerful debut collection center on the violent, sometimes disturbing experiences of young Chinese-American girls growing up in Queens, NY.

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'Cabaret Hurricane' Bridget Everett Moves To The Big Screen In 'Patti Cake$'

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 2:30pm

The comic and cabaret performer says she's had audience members walk out of her raunchy live act. In her new film, she plays a washed-up local rock star whose daughter is an aspiring rap artist.

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In 'Columbus,' John Cho Reckons With His Own First-Generation Culture Clash

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 1:20pm

Cho, who moved to the U.S. from South Korea as a child, says the cultural distance his Columbus character feels towards his immigrant father was "an unwelcome reflection of my own life."

(Image credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

In 'Defenders,' Netflix Enlists Marvel Superheroes In Quest For TV Domination

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:20pm

Netflix's plan was to take relatively minor or underused Marvel titles and heroes, and star them in their own season-long TV series. After that, they'd feature them together in an all-star team-up.

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In Trump's Government, The 'Regulated Have Become The Regulators'

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:20pm

Eric Lipton of The New York Times says lobbyists now working for the government are leading a regulatory roll back that is benefiting the industries they used to represent.

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